One of Huntsville Alabama’s coolest neighborhoods is the Five Points area just to the north and east of downtown. This is the home of the Historic District including the MLS Subdivisions of East Huntsville, Old Town, and Twickenham. There won’t be a doubt in your mind, when you are in the Five Points area, it is artsy, eclectic and hip! From a Realtor’s point of view, Five Points is a great place to own Real Estate!
The name Five Points comes from a familiar crossroads in this part of town where five different streets, come to a point at a single intersection. The picture I have posted to the left, shows the street signs with the star. You will know you are in the Five Points section of the Historic District by these street signs.
Five Points Historic District was the third historic district to be designated in Huntsville, Alabama. It features homes built around the turn of the 20th Century in several styles, including Bungalow and Victorian styles and also Cape Cod’s, dating from the late 1890s through the early 1900s. The neighborhood still retains its 19th century grid layout of broad, parallel streets. Tree lined streets add to the charm. I enjoyed taking these photos of a variety of homes in Five Points and Old Town. Now THIS is curb appeal! True beauty, through my eyes. The tree lined streets seemed to envelope me.
Located next to Five Points, is another wonderful Historic Neighborhood, Old Town. Pay close attention to the street signs. This will let you know which neighborhood you are in at all times! Here is the Old Town sign. Each street in Old Town will have the logo on the sign, and the same with Five Points and Twickenham.
Five Points and Old Town attract home owners of all ages, from singles, to families, to retiree’s. Real Estate in Huntsville Historic neighborhoods is still affordable. Also construction will soon begin on the new Lee High School this fall, with an estimated completion time of Fall 2010. I would suspect that property values should increase after the school is completed. Home values have appreciated in recent years in the Five Points, Old Town and Twickenham area, and this should only strengthen their values further, in my opinion!
I had so much fun touring and taking pictures here. Five Points is one of Huntsville’s trendiest neighborhoods, with small shops, art galleries, and restaurants lining the streets in the area. This is definitely a neighborhood for walking. No need to drive anywhere! You can walk to the local dry cleaners, grocery store and there is a great assortment of restaurants.
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The Huntsville Convention & Visitors Center hosts a free walk through the neighborhoods of the Historic Districts in Huntsville on Saturday mornings. You will tour Twickenham, Old Town and Five Points. For more information, visit www.Huntsville.org. If you do venture down to the Historic District in Huntsville Alabama, be sure to visit the oldest hardware store in Alabama, Harrison Brothers Hardware, located at 124 Southside Square. Harrison Brothers has been in business since 1879, and in it’s present location since 1897! Very charming and you really don’t want to miss this!
I hope you find this historic area as charming as I do.
Enjoy your tour!
Here are a couple of custom searches to view the current active listings in the Five Points and Old Town Neighborhoods: